CARB to reefer owners: Aug. 31 order deadline is nigh

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer | Thursday, August 20, 2015

A new round of emissions requirements for reefers begins on New Year’s Eve, and truck owners who want extensions to the cut-off date will need to know about an upcoming purchase order deadline.

The California Air Resources Board’s Transportation Refrigeration Unit Regulation, also known as the Reefer Rule, requires an ongoing upgrade of used reefers on a seven-year basis.  By 2016, 2008 or older model year reefers operating in California must meet the rule’s in-use performance standards.

CARB recently posted an announcement to remind reefer owners that Aug. 31 is the purchase order deadline for replacement transportation refrigeration units and TRU generator sets.

“It is probably too late to order refrigerated trailers due to long backlogs at refrigerated trailer manufacturers,” the announcement reads. “The TRU Regulation allows compliance extensions if delivery or installation is delayed. But, to qualify for these extensions, the unit must be registered in ARB’s Equipment Registration system and purchase orders must be placed early enough to take into account long order backlogs, delivery, installation, holiday, and the typical year-end compacted schedules.”

CARB also reminded reefer owners that the technique of using a replacement engine is likely not a compliance engine “because replacement engines must be cleaner than the old engine being replaced and there is no replacement engine that fits and functions that is cleaner than a MY 2008 engine.”

Reefer owners who apply for a compliance extension must be registered in CARB’s Equipment Registration system, also called ARBER.

Diesel particulate filter retrofits must be ordered by the end of October – two months before the TRU Rule’s newest standard is enforced.

For more information on CARB’s TRU Rule, click here. For questions about compliance, registration in ARBER or in-use compliance extensions, call CARB’s TRU Help Line at 888-878-2826.

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